Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • The Lily

    The Lily Windmill is an authentic 16th Century design brick "ground-sail" mill. The five story f...

  • Kastania Vineyards

    A viticulture class in 1994 inspired Linda and Hoot Smith to demonstrate their love of red wine b...

  • Hirsch Vineyards and Winery

    Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific at Fort Ross, Sonoma County, Hirsch Vineyards is the b...

  • Deburca Wines

    Dermot Bourke Winemaker & Proprietor Dermot was born in San Francisco and grew up in Larkspur wh...

  • Meeker Vineyard

    Charles and Molly Meeker bought their first vineyard in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley in 1977,...

  • Peter Cellars

    Peter Cellars was started by Peter Mauel in 2003 based on a commitment to produce high quality wi...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Barricia 2012

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    This is about a 30-35 dollar Zin and it's well worth it. Very odiferous of ripe berries, cassis, floral and spice. It's taste is of dark fruits, earth, dust, lively acids to maintain it's freshness and tannins that hit the mark. A lovely cranberry spice coats the mouth with a slight lingering of bing cherry. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Mauritson Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2011

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    Very attractive dark purple color. Fruit aromastart cherry, red raspberry. Some oak vanilla bouquet. Fairly lean on the palate. Fruit still seems tart, but there is also a dried fruit aspect. Some mineral or volcanic hints in the back. Fairly stout tannin. An OK wine, but not one that I would seek out. While there is sufficient tannin a... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley California 2010

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    The wine is an inky black color at the center, leading to some bright ruby along the edges with nice clarity. The nose is just lovely, with notes of black licorice, tarragon, blueberry and some Asian spice. The taste is quite refined, with a some subdued flavors of cassis, blueberry and notes of espresso up front which transition to some elega... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013

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    Toasted hazelnut and marzipan on the nose with light nectarine and peach aromas. Full and rich palate with flavors of lemon, peach, a fair bit of vanilla and toast. The silky smooth finish is fairly lengthy with touches of hazelnut and cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Zichichi Family Vineyard Estate Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Fairly dark purplemore blue than redcolor. Brambly, blackberry on the nose. Fairly fruity on entryblackberry again, cherry, dried fruit, raisin. Very nice tannin backbone, but could use more acid (or less up-front fruit) which makes this wine is bit flabby to me. ATTENTION SNOOTH this is not the "Old Vines" Zichichi Zinfandel. When I review ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Courtney Benham Pinot Noir Central Coast 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by hransom


  • Picket Fence Pinot Noir 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by hransom


  • Balletto Russian River Valley Estate Syrah 2009

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    Fairly big RRV syrah from Balletto. The nose is loaded with ripe dark cherries and a good hit of smoke, some earthiness and a bit of tanned leather. There's ripe black berries on the tongue but the fruit is just starting to fade, some more of the smokiness/leather, fine grained tannins, medium acidity and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Sandlands Trousseau 2013

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    Bright red color. A lot of light passes through, and, because of that, some murkiness is apparent. After about a half-hour of air, chemical funk blew off. Red fruit on the nosesomething of a jammy cherry. Very light on entry, but the cherry flavor is apparent. Acid provides refreshing quality. A likable wine, but not a particularly memorab... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Apsara Sauvignon Blanc Kick Ranch 2014

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    Nice enough Sonoma County blend of sauv blanc and sauv musque. The nose is all about ripe grapefruit and a bit of something floral. Ripe white grapefruit on the palate, decent acidity but with a bit of a metallic twinge on the back end. Liked this but enjoyed the Rivers Reach more. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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